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In Memoriam 2010
LtCol. James Tully
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Likely the Most Decorated Marine in America at the Time of His Death,
LtCol. James Tully (USMC Ret.) was Honored at Arlington Cemetery
June 11, 2010.

Gallery: Biography:

Marine Colonel Andrew Smith, 8th and I Barracks Commander, and the Marine Band at the funeral for LtCol. James Tully, June 11, 2010, at Arlington Cemetery.

Marine Honor Guard awaits the order to lead the funeral procession.

A caisson carrying LtCol. Tully's remains awaits the start of the procession.

LtCol. Tully's family and loved ones prepare to follow the caisson.

A Marine salutes as the entire funeral procession passes.

The remains are removed from the caisson to be interred at the gravesite.

Marine Body Bearers prepare to move LtCol. Tully's remains.

Members of the Fairfax, VA Sheriff's Department Honor Guard standby during the procession.

On bended knee, Marine Colonel Andrew Smith delivers a flag to the family as loved ones look on.

Marine honor guard prepares a 21-gun salute.

A brass box with a Marine emblem containing LtCol. Tully's remains at the conclusion of his funeral ceremony.

Editor's Note: We at CorpsStories are very grateful for this biography, written by Mr. Bob Hesser, President/CEO Vetrepreneur, LLC.

James Tully, Servant of a Great Nation passed away February 11, 2010.

Born in Lancaster, PA April 3, 1934 and a native of the Woodlawn neighborhood of Bronx, New York, NY enlisted in the Marine Corps, in August 1951, with action in Korea. He was wounded May 1953. After recovering from his wounds, he left active service to attend Iona College, New York and served as a NYC police officer decorated many times for bravery and meritorious duty.

In 1959 he returned to the Marine Corps as an Officer and on August 31, 1978 retired as �the most decorated Marine infantryman in the history of the Corps.� (Navy News Release 9/10/72 B.Gen. Adolph Schwenk)

 In retirement Jim was the Chairman; President; and CEO of ACG. Mr. Tully was a 100% disabled veteran.

In 2006, Mr. Tully formed the PSS/ISI Joint Venture, Inc. and selected the teaming partners to win the GSA VETS GWAC. This joint venture is one of 45 winning teams. (See: Over 4,000 teams submitted bids. Teaming partners include Raytheon, Northrop, Verizon Federal and Verizon Business.

During this time he served at Pensacola and as company commander; then as executive officer and commanding officer of the Marine Detachment, USS LITTLEROCK, CIG- 4; 1965 Army Airborne Course, Fort Banning, GA; Nov 1965. Upon arrival in Vietnam he was again assigned as company commander and was wounded on two occasions during April 1966. For the final six months of his tour he served as aerial observer/forward air controller completing over two hundred missions. In spite of his active combat environment he managed to start a program to provide food, clothing and medical supplies for poor and orphaned Vietnamese children which received national attention.

Collecting, tons of material for the under privileged, he was personally thanked by the President of the Republic of Vietnam for his extraordinary efforts; DEC 1966 Follow on Vietnam tour; Dec 1967.

 Upon his return from Vietnam he received the Arthur A. Loftus Award for military excellence from his Alma Mater, being the second Winner, in the history of the school; Jan 1968 Defense Language Institute (1-year Mandarin Chinese); Nov 1968 Marine Amphibious Warfare School, (served 1- year as academic Warfare School supervisor); Mar 1969 Republic of China where he was assigned as Protocol Officer and aide to the Commander, U. S. Taiwan Defense Command. Thereafter, he was placed in the position of Secretary and United States Representative on the combined staff for intelligence planning in the ROC Ministry of National Defense. This high position of trust required his presence throughout the Republic of China and the outlying islands of Quemoy and Matsu. As usual he could he found working with the civilian community.

He was a member of the Charlie Brown Club, an organization composed of Chinese and Americans dedicated to underprivileged Chinese children specializing in restoration of hair, lips and burn cases. Numerous cases were handled under his auspices.

Prior to his departure he was the executive vice president of the Club. At the request of the Minister of the Interior he assisted Chinese police as an instructor and investigator (e.g. on such diverse matters as crime detection, smuggling, narcotics and traffic. Over six hundred Chinese National police received the benefit of his training.; Feb 1971 Vietnam

tour (charged with air and ground operations in the Rung Sat Special Tone sector) (completed 300+ aerial missions); Jul 1972 command of the vaunted Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division. (He was the most junior officer ever to hold this position); Jul 1974 United States International University, MBA, San Diego, CA; Feb 1975 Marine Recruiting Command, MCHQ, Arlington, VA. August 31, 1978 � Retired.

LCL James M. Tully Awards

Silver Star

(Legion of Merit)*

Distinguished Flying Cross

Bronze Star with V and Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award

Air Medal with 31 Strike Flight Awards

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Navy Commendation Medal with V

Navy Achievement Medal

Purple Heart with 2 Gold Stars in Lieu of Second and Third Awards

Combat Actions Ribbon one Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award

Presidential Unit Citation with Three Bronze Stars

Navy Unit Commendation with Three Bronze Stars

Meritorious Unit Commendation

Good Conduct Medal

(Fleet Marine Reserve Medal)*

National Defense Service Medal with One Bronze Star

Korean Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Vietnamese Service Medal with One Silver and Three Bronze Stars

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with Bronze Star

Overseas Ribbon with 2 silver stars one bronze star

Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with One Gold, Two Silver and Three Bronze


Vietnamese Honor Medal, First Class

Vietnamese Civic Action Honor Medal, First Class

Chinese Kan Cheng Medal, First Class, Second Grade

Chinese National Police Medal, Third Class, Second Grade

Korean Presidential Unit Citation with Gold Frame

Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Unit Award with Palm and Gold Frame

Vietnamese Civic Action Ribbon with Palm and Gold Frame

United Nations Medal

Vietnamese Service Medal with Scroll

ROK War Service Ribbon

US-ROC Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge

New York State Conspicuous Service Cross, Thirty Seven Awards

New York State Conspicuous Service Star, Three Awards

New York City Meritorious Police Medal, Three Awards

New York City Excellent Police Duty Medal, Four Awards

Oceanside, California Distinguished Service Award

Additionally, he was awarded the following - although they were withheld by the

U. S. Government:

Chinese Gwo Fang Bu Medal with Chrysanthemum

Vietnamese Public Service Medal, First Class

Vietnamese Air Honor Medal with Silver Wings